Tending to our goals is a lot like gardening

Practical wisdom to help you stay on track with your goals

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It's still pretty cold in England. That trickster April will have our faces feel the sun one minute and freeze to bits the next. Over the last weeks I've been working on a goal for my front garden. The goal is to make it pretty or prettier. And specifically to build 3 planter boxes for my front fence that I can use to plant nice happy, colourful flowers in. I'm sure it will delight my neighbours as much as me. Here's what I was after

To kick things off, I went to B&Q to get the wood and kit as I really like building things up from scratch. While there, I also got a few shrubs to pop into the ground and a couple of flower pots also. It's amazing how in just three weeks they have been in the ground, they took root and are transforming how nice my front entrance looks.

And this got me thinking about how my gardening project was a useful case study for Goal realisation. You see, there are lessons in my garden project that as productivity coach helping clients make results happen I think are worth noting.

And they transfer to any goal.

Here there are:

  1. Have a specific goal and make it into a project: For me that was 3 planters being built that I can later populate with shrubs and flowers.
  2. Get clear on what you need and where to source it by making a list.
  3. Recruit help and inspiration: I sought inspiration online by looking at images of pretty planters and I recruited my partner to get involved so that transforming the front garden could be "our project". This resulted in my first ever Friday date night being a B&Q trip. We had great laughs about it and created a super neat memory. Who needs Soho and dinner out and all that when one can simply be practical :)
  4. Get started right away. For me that was getting a couple of plants we could just pop into the ground to indicate folks this garden is being worked on.
  5. Now, 3 weeks later, I have my wood cut and we're just waiting for the rain to stop so we can build the planters. Who knows maybe this bank holiday weekend?

I can't wait to the final result but in reality, it is the work along the way to the finish that is proving to be fun and rewarding. I've also learned new carpentry and gardening skills in the process. And, making this project be something I got my partner involved in also, helped me deepen our bond as well.

Now, it's your turn! And here are your instructions:

  1. Write down a goal and turn it into a project. A project means we have a starting point and a clear end point. An outcome. It is this that you will be working towards. It has to be something real and specific and something we can see. For example: an updated spiffy CV, newly painted living room, great holiday booked etc.
  2. Make a list of what you need in terms of resources and where or who can help you get them.
  3. Add inspiration and help with a bit of research but set a finite time on it. For example "I'll give myself 10min to search images and pull out 3 that really inspire me". This could be quotes, contacts etc.
  4. Do something towards your project right away.
  5. Keep taking regular steps. If you have my newest GRID book then you will see why goals broken down into bite size tasks help us surf energy, gain motivation and move us towards results sure fast.

I hope that you will connect with me here and share your work. Remember, we always inspire each other! When our brains see other people achieve things, we gain vital proof it's possible. Now we just have to search our heart and ask "Is this something I also want for myself?" If the heart jumps for joy, the mind always finds a way. This forum and the upcoming 30 day Goal setting course will help also.

So plant your dreams, goals and ideas and let them take root so you can have your garden.

Magdalena Bak-Maier

Author, Guide, Magically Real Heart & Mind Connector, Make Time Count ltd

Magdalena Bak-Maier helps people connect and align their heart and mind in service of their ‘big agenda’. Her writing, teachings and models clearly show that the secret of success, wellbeing and joy resides in our nervous system and how we use it. Trained neuroscientists and coach to world’s elite performers, Magdalena teaches her tools and approach to all those interested in learning about it. So far this has included top NASA engineers, NHS doctors, emerging global leaders, coaches and wellbeing experts across the world. She has been also sharing her work with Psychologies readers through NowLive events and for those living in London you can catch her at the School of Life. Magdalena’s first book, Get Productive! (Capstone, 2012) includes 36 thought-provoking exercises and practical advice to empower readers to become masters of their own time, and achieve exceptional results continuously. Get Productive! received very positive reviews from customers and press alike, and quickly became a bestseller in the personal development arena. The Get Productive Grid (2015) her second book, is a no nonsense practical tool called the Grid for achieving life, work and career goals whilst making time for critical self-care. Having studied burnout at work (The Times, 2013) and working with people who struggle to realise their aspirations, the Grid conditions focus, effective habits of goal setting and progressive realisation steps towards results. If you want to achieve results whilst feeling you absolutely love who you are let Magdalena be your productivity guide. www.maketimecount.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBsuIAscshE


Go to the profile of Sheila West
over 5 years ago
Love the Grid book idea and taking three images to inspire will get cracking on that
Go to the profile of Magdalena Bak-Maier
over 5 years ago
Thanks Sheila - Yep I just finished my boxes this weekend. I Grid them as Homebase - Home then tasks which I split into chunks I could highlight one at a time: (1) drawing and resources needed, (2) sourcing, (3) building, (4) finishing. If you do get the Grid book please leave a review - reader's comment for others. Especially useful I think are those that highlight how the book helped you and also how you may have adopted the system to serve you. Thanks and please come back to tell us what you've done :)